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With a new EMR system from EMR Experts you will be able to access patient records from one central location, start attesting for Meaningful Use, and impress patients with easy to navigate, state-of-the-art technology. EMR systems are a great way to streamline the charting process, allowing you to improve office efficiency and provide better patient care.
A leader in providing trusted EMR solutions to physicians across the United States, EMR Experts offers a fully functional, customizable EMR system with a fast return on investment. Our software adapts to different medical specialties and workflows, ensuring that each provider can get the most out of their implemented system.
How to Purchase an EMR System
Researching EMR systems, narrowing your choices down to a few select vendors, and finally settling on one EMR to implement in your practice can be a labor intensive task. With hundreds of EMR systems on the market, it's easy to second guess yourself or doubt whether you're ready to invest so much money into one product. By setting realistic goals, seeking unbiased sources of information, and doing extensive research, you will be able to make an informed decision and end up with the best EMR system for your medical office.
Identify the problems plaguing your practice and set realistic goals.
Before contacting any EMR vendors, you will need to decide what you hope to accomplish by implementing an EMR system in your office. Are you looking to deliver a higher quality of service to your patients, increase efficiency, and improve productivity? What about your concrete goals? Do you want to eliminate paperwork, reduce staffing, or automate the billing process? By figuring out exactly what it is you want out of your EMR software, you will be able to focus your efforts on researching fewer vendors.
Perform a cost-benefit analysis.
Once you have decided what you expect to get out of the EMR system and how the software can improve some of your practice's daily tasks, you can start thinking about how much you are willing to spend. To figure out what your expected return on investment might look like, try one of the many FREE EMR ROI calculator tools available online.
Decide whether you want a Client/Server or Web-based EMR.
Web-based EMR software – also referred to as application service provider (ASP) or Software as a Service (SaaS) – generally has a lower upfront cost, as provider lease the software licenses on a subscription basis. While you will have to make monthly payments for as long as you wish you use the software, you also don't have to worry about server maintenance. With Client/Server software, you pay a one-time licensing fee upfront and don't have to worry about monthly licensing fees. You will, however, have to make sure that you have adequate hardware, as well as IT staff to maintain the server and network connections. For more information comparing both models, click here.
Read unbiased EMR resources and talk to your colleagues for recommendations.
Seek out providers working in practices similar to yours in size, organization, or specialty; and find out what EMR systems they are using and how they feel about their software. Most EMR companies have informative websites, offer online demonstrations, and are happy to answer any questions you have regarding their EMR. Whatever resources you choose, make sure your investigation is thorough.
Source: Health Technology Review - a website focused on providing unbiased information on healthcare IT and Electronic Medical Record software.
Last Updated: May 24, 2012